Harmonic  introduced a third-generation MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) standard definition (SD) encoder, called the DiviCom Electra 5400.
The Electra 5400 is capable of delivering up to four full resolution SD channels in a one rack-unit package. The encoder can simultaneously transmit low-resolution content for picture-in-picture (PiP), mobile video services or other applications.
The company claims its SD H.264 bit-rates are more than 30 percent lower than H.264 encoders now deployed. First customer shipments are scheduled to begin in September.
Harmonic is positioning the Electra 5400 as appropriate for massive deployments of telco/IPTV, satellite and DVB-T services.